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UK cryptocurrency exchange Lykke has suspended trading services after $22 million was seemingly stolen in a hack.

This disruption in the crypto community is a cause of concern as to the security measures being implemented in digital currency exchanges.

Crypto Exchange Lykke Halts Amid $22M Suspected Hack

Lykke disclosed “unauthorised access” to its platform, which came to light through the popular web investigator SomaXBT. This incident led to $22 million in suspicious outflows, according to Taylor Monahan, a MetaMask developer and a crypto defense analyst.

Interestingly, the breach happened only a few days after the initial indications of unauthorized access were noticed, prompting the exchange to suspend all trading activities on the platform.

The stolen money was also reported to include a huge quantity of Bitcoin, and other Altcoins such as Ether, Litecoins, and Bitcoin Cash among other virtual money as highlighted by onchain data.

After the hack, the stolen Ether was exchanged for DAI stablecoin in an effort to clean the funds through various accounts, a typical approach employed by hackers to launder the money.

Response and Reactions to the Hack

Lykke was quick to respond to the situation as it announced that its platform was under maintenance while at the same time, ensuring its customers that their funds were safe, even though many complained of having empty account balances. In an email sent to clients, Richard Olsen, CEO of Lykke, acknowledged the incident and explained that the company has made every effort to investigate the security breach. To calm the customers, Olsen said,

“Your funds are safe because Lykke is a diversified business that has sufficient capital.”

However, this is not the first time that the cryptocurrency industry has been targeted by hackers. Another crypto exchange, DMM Bitcoin, revealed that it had been hacked and lost $320 million just weeks before, stressing the security issues that plague the digital asset sector.

In addition, only a few hours ago, UwU Lend Protocol, a decentralized finance (DeFi) platform, was also hacked and lost $19.3 million in digital assets stolen within just minutes. These incidents underscore the pressing need for enhanced security measures across digital platforms.

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